Photos: World’s Oldest Living Animal, Jonathan The Giant Tortoise Bathes For The 1st Time At Age 184

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March 28, 2016 – Pictures: Oldest Living Animal In The World, Jonathan The Tortoise Bathes For The First Time At Age 184

This wonder reptile born in 1832 was given to Saint Helena by Seychelles Governor when he turned 50.

A veterinary, Dr Joe Hollins gave the oldest living animal in the world a bath last week at the age of 184.

The reptile popularly called Jonathan the Giant Tortoise is considered a national treasure on the tiny British Island of St Helena.

Jonathan is battling eyesight and smell problem.

He can’t smell properly again. His eyesight is also fading away.

See more photos of 184-year-old Jonathan The Giant Tortoise below

20 thoughts on “Photos: World’s Oldest Living Animal, Jonathan The Giant Tortoise Bathes For The 1st Time At Age 184

  1. Wow! 184 yrs old? Most people dont even get to 84yrs these days.
    If this tortoise were to be in 9ja, maybe they could have stolen, killed and eat it up by now.

    Let me just…

    #strolloff#

    • D Hunter, even if they are cook this animal for 100days ago, it no go done bicos the meat has dey very hard.

  2. Battling with eyesight and smell problems. Poor little creature! Old age does the same thing to animals as to man after all. But I just wonder how they got to know the tortoise can no longer perceive smell as before.

    If this animal is brought to Nigeria, the very next day it would just go missing. The story would be that it had died. But where is the corpse? Where is it buried?

    While these questions would be going on, the tortoise would be there in one of our pot-belly polititians, waiting to be used in preparing one charm or the other.

  3. Lie lie people… d tortoise in ogbomoso palace called ALAGBA is stil alive and z now 324 years…..so which one is d oldest?

  4. Tourism is not complete in Oyo State without a
    reference to Alagba – a giant male land tortoise
    believed to have lived in the palace of the king of
    Ogbomoso for 324 years. EMMANUEL ONYECHE,
    who visited the palace recently, examines the age
    issue of this ancient animal and the myths woven
    around it. THE primeval town of Ogbomoso, the
    second largest city in Oyo State, has an ancient
    resident – a giant male land tortoise, which is
    acclaimed to have lived in the palace of the Soun
    (the king) of Ogbomosoland for 324 years.
    In deference to its age, it is called Alagba, which
    means ”the elderly one” in Yoruba. And, in
    Ogbomoso, where the legendary tortoise lumbers
    about in the palatial grounds of the king, it is
    almost a sacrilege to refer to Alagba as a mere
    tortoise.
    Since Alagba is believed to be older than everyone
    in Ogbomoso, permutations about its true age
    relies heavily on oral history. Its present age was
    arrived at by situating it with the period of the
    Soun who reigned then. Alagba was allegedly
    brought to the palace by Soun Ikumoyede Ajao,
    the third Soun of Ogbomoso, who is believed to
    have been born sometime in the late 16th century
    and who reigned in the 17th.
    Mr. Ajamu Oluwatoyin, the secretary of the
    current Soun says dating of the kingship of
    Ogbomoso was started by the elite in 1797 during
    the reign of Oba Toyeje Akanni (1797 to 1825), the
    fourth Soun and one time Are Ona Kakanfo (the
    Yoruba Nation Generalissimo).
    Since it was customary in those days to transfer
    the property and all palace belongings to the new
    monarch, Alagba had allegedly remained in the
    palace till date.
    According to IBKay‘s blog on the Internet, the
    reigning Oba Oladunni Oyewunmi, Ajangungbade
    III, the 20th Soun, who has been reigning since
    1974, confirmed that he knew the tortoise while
    he was a child-prince.

  5. I don’t agree is d oldest in d world. We av one in the king place at ogbomoso oyo state Nigeria Dat is around 250years plus.

  6. I don’t agree is d oldest in d world. We av one in the king place at ogbomoso oyo state Nigeria Dat is around 250years plus.

  7. God is great……so this tortoise is 184 yrs old,I’m sure the creature didn’t spend all its whole life in the bush

  8. @Bench wow gud 2 av u back is been long.anyway white men are fun of breaking records so am nt surprise.

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